Research papers

Hate Education

The report sets out how £100 million of British taxpayers' money supports hate education in the Palestinian territories.  Read more...

Council Spending Uncovered: Pensions

The third part of the CSU series provides details on how councils spend a fifth of council tax on pensions in 2007-08 and how thousands of councillors are on the local government pension scheme.  Read more...

How the CAP Costs Families Nearly £400 a Year

With the onset of a recession, family budgets are tight. Despite agricultural commodity prices falling from their recent exceptional high, there are still global concerns at a food crisis. Saving £400 a year, over one per cent of average household, post-tax income,would be a welcome boost for many families struggling... Read more...

Middle Management Pay

The second part of the CSU series shows that the number of council staff earning more than £50,000 has soared by more than 20 per cent in 2007-08.  Read more...

Regional Development Agencies: Having a ball at the 2008 Party Conferences

Regional Development Agencies have been an expensive failure. Despite over £15 billion in taxpayer funding, they have proved ineffective in reducing regional income disparities, incapable of fostering sustainable economic growth and have frequently misused taxpayers’ money. Following the TaxPayers' Alliance's detailed analysis of RDA activity earlier this year (to read... Read more...

The Cost of the EU's Renewables Policy

The report, by leading economist Ruth Lea, sets out the range of estimates of the cost of the EU's renewables policies. It also shows that Britain is being asked to make a significantly larger adjustment than most other member states.  Read more...

The Case Against a Mandatory Target for Emissions Cuts

The research note shows how a binding 80 per cent target for emissions cuts would lead to falling GDP unless radical improvements in emissions intensity can be achieved, and argues that failure to think through such a transformation would do enormous damage to Britain's economy and exporting emissions overseas.  Read more...

Total Lifetime Tax Update

The 2007 Total Lifetime Tax update shows that the average household pays over £600,000, in today’s prices, in direct and indirect taxes.  Read more...

Gordon Brown’s Economic Failure

The report demolishes what is left of Gordon Brown’s reputation for effective economic and public sector management. It shows that Britain’s performance has been poor across the board, and left more vulnerable to the downturn than our international competitors, as a result of his policies. Read more...

Unequal Shares: The Definitive Guide to the Barnett Formula

The report provides a comprehensive review of the Barnett Formula and its precursors, showing how it has led to a startling gap between public spending in England and in the three better-funded devolved territories, and argues that only genuine fiscal devolution can solve the problem. Read more...

The Burden of Green Taxes

The second edition of the TPA's green taxes paper shows that environmental taxation is set above the level of the social cost of Britain's carbon footprint and presents estimates of the excess burden of green taxes in local authority areas across the country.  Read more...

The Case for Abolishing Regional Development Agencies

The third paper in the Structure of Government series finds that RDAs have not prevented the gap between England's best and worst performing regions widening in the past decade, and recommends that the Agencies be abolished, with the savings used to fund a cut in the small companies rate of... Read more...

The Cost of Crime

With crime levels top of the list of voters’ concerns, this paper, for the first time, details the cost of recorded crime per person in each of the police force areas in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2007, the latest year for which data is available.  Read more...

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